Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Guide

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Guide

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Parkway
Bay Lake, Florida 32830
Phone: 407-938-3000
Fax: 407-938-4799

Rooms   Dining   Recreation   Shopping Transportation   Childcare   Resort Rates   Resort Map pdf file   Reviews Activities pdf file   Top 10 Resort Tips   VIP Tips   Photos

Deluxe Resort Classification
Located in the Animal Kingdom resort area
Check In: 3:00 p.m. / Check Out: 11:00 a.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a Deluxe Disney resort and likely the closest thing to a true African journey without crossing the ocean. The resort has its own savannahs and guests staying in a savannah view room can literally view the animals from their balconies. Guests choosing to not stay on the savannah, or just visiting the resort also get the opportunity to experience the African wilderness in the many areas set aside for viewing. The lobby houses a great number of African artifacts, the restaurants offer their own interpretations of African cuisine and even the gift shop offers a variety of unique African treasures.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, like all Disney resorts, is smoke-free. Designated outdoor smoking areas are indicated on the Resort Map.

Check our Rehabs and Closures schedule for any refurbishments or work taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort during your visit.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Rooms


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In addition to standard rooms, there are two views available, pool and savannah (which overlooks one of the exclusive Lodge savannahs). The Pool or Savannah Views have a standard set up with 2 queen beds, or the option of 1 queen size bed and bunk beds. Full suites include one and two bedroom suites, Vice-Presidential Suite and Presidential Suite.

1293 Guest Rooms
Disabled accessible rooms available
Building offers elevators and interior corridors
Alarm Clock
Alarm Clock with CD Player (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
DVD Player (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
Microwave (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
Ceiling Fan
Coffee Maker & Setup
Complimentary wireless Internet (WiFi)
Hair Dryer
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
Table & Chairs
Tea Setup
Cable TV with Disney Programming
Vanity Area with two sinks
Voice Mail

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Room Layout


Laundry rooms can be found at the following locations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: First Floor, Zebra Trail and Second Floor, Kudu Trail.

Concierge Assistance – Available to Resort hotel Guests 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Located in the main lobby, the concierge can help you purchase Park tickets, make dining reservations and secure show seats, among other services.

Valet parking is available for a nominal fee.

Dining Options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


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Jambo House

Boma – Flavors of Africa – Full Service buffet-style restaurant
Jiko – The Cooking Place – Full Service restaurant
The Mara – Quick Service Location
Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Victoria Falls Lounge
In-Room Dining available 6am to midnight

Refillable mugs are available for purchase at The Mara.


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Kidani Village

Sanaa Restaurant – Full Service restaurant serves African cuisine with Indian flavors for lunch and dinner
One Lounge
Maji Pool Bar
In-Room Dining available 6am to midnight

Refillable mugs are available for purchase at The Mara.

Recreation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


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Uzima Pool featuring zero-depth entry and 67 ft long water slide
Child pool
2 whirlpool spas
Hakuna Matata Playground
Pumbaa’s Fun & Games Arcade
Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center
0.16-mile jogging trail
Night vision animal viewing
Animal programs
Nightly movies under the stars

Animal Viewing: Although the selection of animals on the savanna often changes, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may see giraffe, Ankole cattle, zebra, okapi, several species of antelope, red river hogs, Abyssinian ground hornbills and ostriches, among many others.

Shopping at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


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Zawadi Marketplace stocks Disney character apparel and souvenirs as well as Animal Kingdom Lodge logo merchandise. In addition, there is a large variety of African treasures that are fun and unexpected. You can also find snack foods, beverages (including adult beverages), magazines and books, and other general sundries.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Transportation

Disney’s bus service is available to and from this resort. There is one bus stop for this resort outside of the lobby area.

Transportation Times Between Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney Destinations

These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20 minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.

Magic Kingdom – 22 minutes by bus, 35 minutes by car (with transfers)
Epcot – 18 minutes by bus, 18 by car
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 15 minutes by bus, 16 by car
Animal Kingdom – 11 minutes, 7 by car
Disney Springs – 20 minutes by bus, 18 by car
Blizzard Beach Water Park – 18 minutes by bus, 14 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – 25 minutes by bus, 17 minutes by car

Childcare Options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Simba’s Cubhouse
Hours: 4:30 pm to 12 midnight
Reservations: (407) WDW-DINE
Supervised activities including toys by Hasbro, free play arcade games (2), arts and crafts, games, Disney movies, and Sony PlayStation.  Advance reservations recommended.

Simba’s Cubhouse provides a complimentary dinner for children in the Cubhouse.  Guests can order meals for their children when they check in.  Menu items include: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chicken fingers, mini burger, hot-dog, macaroni and cheese.  No outside food allowed.

In-room child care is also available at all resorts.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas VIP Top Tips


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This section is sponsored by the Disney experts at The Magic for Less Travel, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Take time to walk around the resorts, including down the halls. Notice the artwork displayed throughout. At the end of the halls in Jambo House there are outdoor stairways; they are great places to watch animals from two different savannas at the same time.

Be sure to check the schedule for many extra activities including bead art, story time, night-vision viewing, and more.

Strike up conversations with the Cast Members working here. Most of them enjoy talking about their country and it can be a very interesting experience. Many are on a cultural exchange program and it is like having your own personal guide into African life and the land. If you get a chance, also talk with the animal keepers, including the ones you see out on the savanna.

Discover all the overlooks throughout the resort. Walk around and explore the hidden wonders that bring you closer to the animals. Each overlook has information about the animals you may see.

Walk the trail around Arusha Rock. You will often find a Cast Member there who can answer questions about the animals.

Request a room close to the lobby. Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House has a U-shaped footprint around the main Arusha Savanna. The farthest rooms at the end of the trails can be a long walk to the lobby and bus transportation.

The Zebra Trail is most convenient for accessing the Uzima Pool, laundry facility and dining options located at Jambo House.

When you check in at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you should receive an activities and recreation information sheet. Take advantage of the fun and cultural activities offered at the resort. Children can even earn Animal Kingdom beads after they complete each cultural event at the lodge.

Walk past the Uzima pool on the left hand side by the spa to discover flamingos and a great overlook of the Uzima Savanna. Giraffes tend to enjoy eating in this area of the savanna.

The animals on the savanna tend to be more visible during feeding times like early morning and late afternoon.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers transportation between Kidani Village and Jambo House allowing you to explore both areas of the resort, and enjoy both swimming pools and unique dining experiences like Sanaa and Boma.

Explore the artifacts and cultural pieces displayed throughout the resort. It is educational as well as fascinating to see actual pieces from different areas of Africa.

Jambo House offers night viewing of the animals on the safari. Check the resort activities; it is typically offered between 8:30/9:00pm – 11:00pm each evening. Night-vision googles are available to share in limited quantities.

For the safety of the animals, balloons are allowed in the resort rooms, however they are not permitted on balconies or in any exterior area facing the animals. Guests are cautioned to keep balloons away from any area where they could become loose on the savanna.


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